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Maria Elena Bottazzi

Associate Dean and Professor, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Maria Elena Bottazzi is associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine; professor of pediatrics, molecular virology and microbiology; division chief of pediatric tropical medicine; and co-director of Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine. An internationally recognized tropical and emerging disease vaccinologist who tackles diseases affecting the world’s poorest populations, Bottazzi is co-creator of a patent-free, open science COVID-19 vaccine technology enabling the development of the COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax. She is a National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine. Forbes LATAM in 2020 and 2021 selected Bottazzi as one of 100 Most Powerful Women in Central America. In 2022, with colleague Peter Hotez, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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